SANDYSPRING– The Quince Orchard football program made school history Friday night at Caruso Memorial Stadium.
The Cougars’ 28-12 win over host Sherwood marked the first time theGaithersburgschool had ever beaten the Warriors on the road.
“It’s a real big win, we just made history,” Quince Orchard senior D’Andre Johnson said afterward. “First time beating Sherwood at Sherwood.”
Quince Orchard’s defense was nothing short of spectacular. Led by college-bound seniors Marcus Newby (Nebraska) and Kieran Gregory (Richmond), the Cougars harassed Sherwood quarterback Jordan Larsen for much of the game.
Quince Orchard scored on Johnson’s 49-yard catch and run from Mike Murtaugh to go ahead 7-0 with 9:08 left in the first quarter.
On the ensuing possession, Cougars’ linebacker Carlo St. Regis caught a tipped pass and ran into the end zone from six yards out for a 14-0 lead with 7:15 remaining in the first quarter.
After Rich Dipietro’s 2-yard run in the second quarter, Sherwood closed to 14-12 on Elijah Spottswood’s 90-yard kickoff return to start the third quarter.
However, Quince Orchard’s overall strength proved to be too much for the Warriors. Johnson added a 46-yard run in the fourth quarter and Murtaugh scored on a quarterback keeper from one-yard out.
“They’ve got size and speed at every position,” said Sherwood head coach Mike Bonavia. “They’re very talented. I think that team is going to win a lot of games.”
Brandy L. Simms
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